Monday, July 23, 2012

John Kay - a solo album...My Sportin' Life

The ideal album cover. In 1972 John Kay performed "I'm Movin' On" on the Dick Clark's American Bandstand.  Two months earlier it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eventually it peaked at #52 and spent 7 weeks in the Top 100.  It was written & originally recorded by Hank Snow in 1950; that version reached #1 {for 21 non-consecutive weeks} on Billboard's Country & Western Music chart.  And Ray Charles' version reached #40 in 1959...John Kay "recorded both as a solo artist and with Steppenwolf during the late 1970s, and wrapped up Steppenwolf's 40th year of touring with what was to be a final gig in October 2007. However, Kay and Steppenwolf appeared July 24, 2010, at the three-day HullabaLOU music festival in Louisville, Kentucky.  In 2004, although never becoming a Canadian citizen, Kay was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in recognition of the beginnings of his musical career in Toronto.  Kay was present at the induction ceremony in Toronto, and reiterated his strong affection for Canada.  Kay suffers from increased sensitivity to light, so he wears his trademark sunglasses. He also has congenital achromatopsia, complete colorblindness, a defect of the cone cells in the eyes which causes him to see in black and white, and results in legal blindness.  Despite this condition, he is an avid videographer."

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